What are the Consequences of Alcoholism on the Brain?

Alcoholism is a progressive and fatal disease. Without recovery, an individual’s alcoholism will inevitably worsen and they will face a slew of neurological consequences. The legal status of alcohol may influence some people to think of it as a “safe” form of intoxication, but alcohol abuse and addiction carry devastating neurological symptoms.Alcohol may take time…

What are the Symptoms of Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is a progressive and fatal disease. Without help, we are unlikely to ever overcome drinking. We may be unsure if our drinking had progressed to the point of alcoholism, or we may deny there is a problem even if the consequences of our drinking are apparent. It may be a hard truth to face,…

Leaving Behind Drinking and Using Buddies

Addiction leads to isolation and deep depression. We often leave behind our loving friends and family in exchange for friendships with others who are also using or drinking. These friendships are often superficial and quickly dissolve one we are no longer willing to engage in addictive behaviors. We may initially feel lonely, but leaving behind…

What is Alcoholics Anonymous?

Alcoholics Anonymous was the first twelve step recovery program founded by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith in 1935. The basic text of Alcoholics Anonymous, known as the Big Book, was published in 1939 and laid out the original twelve step program of recovery from alcoholism. Since that time, Alcoholics Anonymous has undergone minor changes,…

Can Alcoholism be Cured?

Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive, and fatal disease. Although there is no absolute cure for alcoholism, we are able to recover from the hopeless state of body and mind that has resulted from the disease. Rather than a cure, we have recovery programs designed to maintain sobriety and remove symptoms of the disease. Alcoholism can…

Can I Learn to Control My Drinking?

When we first realized that our drinking has gotten out of control, many of us searched for excuses rather than admit that we were suffering from alcoholism. We felt as though our loss of control was theresult of a  momentary lapse in judgement, or a reaction to external stressors, rather than symptomatic of a progressive…

What Does Alcoholism Look Like?

Alcoholism is a complex disease that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. It affects every aspect of our life and those around us, damaging our relationships and well-being at every level. Acceptance of the disease is difficult, and many people believe that, although their lives are no longer manageable as a result of their drinking,…

The Three Types of Drinkers: Moderate, Hard, and Alcoholic

When looking at different types of drinkers, we find three main categories: Moderate drinkers, hard drinkers, and those who drink alcoholically. These categories can be difficult to determine, as most people who suffer from the disease of alcoholism prefer to deceive themselves into believing that they are simple “hard drinkers.” If we are to determine…

The Three Components of Alcoholism: Mind, Body, and Spirit

Alcoholism is a threefold disease of the mind, body, and spirit. There are three main factors within the disease: the spiritual malady, a physical allergy, and a mental obsession. These three factors are the reason why it is impossible for someone suffering from the disease of alcoholism to simply stop using as a result of…

Can I Still Be Around Drugs or Alcohol?

Many of us fondly remember the comfortable feeling of being in a bar or being around friends and family who are drinking or using drugs. We want to hold onto that part of our lives and feel that we will be able to simply not use drugs or drink when we are in an environment…